The Importance of Passive "Built-in" Fire Protection
Passive fire protection is a vital component of any fire safety strategy, built into the structure of a building to safeguard people’s lives and limit the financial impact of damage to buildings and their contents. It does this by:
Fire safety responsibilities
If you manage own or employ people in the built environment, understanding fire legislation is your responsibility. The law requires you to ensure the safety from fire of any employees and visitors in the vicinity of your property; ensure any refurbishment meets the requirements of the Building Regulations; and undertake regular risk assessments. Click here for further information on your legal responsibilities and on fire risk assessment.
Third Party Certification
Third Party Certification is a means of independently verifying the competency and quality of the workmanship of companies manufacturing, installing and maintaining fire protection products and systems. Read more
All ASFP Contractors are required to gain Third Party Certification from a UKAS accredited Certification Body as a mandatory requirement to become a member of the ASFP
New guide from ASFP
The ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors is now available. The guide is aimed at all those involved in the specification, installation or maintenance of passive fire protection. The document is available for purchase in hard copy format (order form). To view a free pdf click here.
Construction Products Regulation (CPR) & CE Marking
The Construction Products Association has produced an excellent guide on the CPR & CE Marking to reveals what you should know about CE marking, before the full introduction of the CPR in July 2013 Click here to download free copy
ASFP obtains CITB-ConstructionSkills funding
ASFP has obtained a significant grant from the CSkills Growth Fund to develop a nationally recognised industry training scheme for passive fire protection. The scheme aims to up-skill contractors involved in the installation of passive fire protection as well as improve the knowledge base of those involved in the design, supply, inspection and maintenance of passive fire protection. Click here
Latest News from ASFP
Parliamentary seminar announced
The ASFP is holding a Parliamentary Seminar on 4 December, in conjunction with the Fire Sector Federation and the All Party Parliamentary Fire & Rescue Group. Understanding Fire Safety in Buildings will consider issues that affect fire safety within the modern built environment and investigate how to ensure that appropriate fire protection is designed. specified, installed and maintained throughout the life of a building. The one-day seminar, including lunch in the Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords can be booked for £175 plus VAT. View the programme or to book online click here. For booking queries contact Sally Young; email email@example.com; or tel: 07739 966456
New date for ASFP regional CPD seminar programme
The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is holding the second of its series of regional CPD seminars in Washington, Tyne & Wear on 22 January 2014. For further information click here.
ASFP releases new fire door video for FDSW
The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has released a new online video module on fire doors to mark Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW). The free to view video explains the vital role played by fire doors in holding back flames and smoke during a fire and describes the typical features that should be considered when checking that a door is correctly installed and maintained. Click to view
BSI announces the 5th annual Fire Safety Conference
BSI's Fire Safety Conference 2013 will take place in London on 8 October 2013. It will focus on the revision of key fire safety standards, including: BS 9999: 2008 – Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings; BS 9990: 2006 - Code of practice for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings; and BS 9991: 2011 - Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice. Read more
AGM highlights importance of education for PFP
The vital role of passive fire protection in protecting both building occupants and firefighters was emphasised by speakers at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s Annual General Meeting, held at the Cabinet War Rooms in London on 14 June. Read more
ASFP launches fire risk assessment 'app'
The ASFP launched an Android-based fire risk assessment 'app' at Firex International. Firesafetyfile offers a range of checklists which guide the user through onsite inspections of passive fire protection.
New ASFP video library
The ASFP's new video channel features free-to-view online videos. Arranged in eight modules, the videos offer an introduction to passive fire protection and take viewers through a typical risk assessment. Read more
Firex International 2013 presentations available
The ASFP's seminar presentations at Firex International 2013 are now available to download. Read more
Lakanal House: ASFP statement
The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) recognises that the Lakanal House tragedy highlights the vital role played by compartmentation in protecting escape routes and slowing the spread of fire and smoke. It also demonstrates the tragic consequences which may ensue if such systems are not adequately specified, installed and maintained. Read more
Seminar discusses high rise fire safety
ASFP CEO Wilf Butcher gave a presentation on Passive Fire Protection - Getting it right at a conference held at BRE in Garston on 12 March. The Cities in the Sky event discussed issues from building design, through to fire safety management and firefighting. Click here to download the presentations.